Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Thursday that the leader of Russia’s mercenary Wagner Group, Yevgeniy Prigozhin, is no longer in Belarus but back in Russia. Prigozhin agreed to move to neighboring Belarus after staging a failed rebellion against Russian defense officials. “As for Prigozhin, he is in St. Petersburg. He is not on the territory of Belarus,” Lukashenko told the country’s state-owned BelTA news agency. He said on June 27 that Prigozhin was in Belarus as part of a deal between Moscow and the Wagner Group that Lukashenko claimed to have brokered. The Washington Post could not independently verify his claims.